Get to know the NSW 21/U Team

The 2015 21/U National Netball Championships get underway in just under two weeks and to get excited we’re helping our netball community get to know the NSW 21/U Team a little better.

This year’s tournament will be contested from Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 March, at Caloundra Indoor Stadium on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, and will feature some of the best emerging elite netball talent from around the country.

Head Coach Megan Simpson described her charges as “such a versatile team and we’ve certainly got a team of girls that are really united, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what those combinations transpose to on the court.”

So here they are… your 2015 NSW 21/U Team!

15 21U BRYCE Kaitlyn The Captain… Kaitlyn Bryce
Despite being just 19-years-old, ‘Kaity’ is a stalwart of NSW netball having represented her State at both 17/U and 21/U Nationals as well as running out for the Netball NSW Waratahs during the Australian Netball League (ANL).Originally from Shoalhaven, Kaity is studying to be a nurse and was the winner of the Nance Kenny OAM Medal for DOOLEYS State League Player of the Year in 2014 after helping St George to the title.
15 21U HAY Maddie The Vice Captain… Maddie Hay
Vice Captain Maddie Hay is the epitome of the NSW Player Development Pathway.  A Sutherland Shire junior, Maddie has represented NSW at 17/U, 19/U, 21/U and ANL levels, as well as a being a member of the 2014 NSW Swifts.Her impeccable timing sees Maddie regularly pull in intercepts, however she is also great value off the court with her great sense of humour and mateship.
15 21U BRICE Kristina Kristina Brice
Another successful product of the NSW development pathway, ‘Krissie’ has been a regular inclusion in Australian underage squads since 2011.Krissie earned herself a silver medal at the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships, and is the current record holder for the most goals scored by an individual during an ANL season, overtaking previous record holder, Mainland Tactix and Malawi Queens shooter Mwai Kumwenda, in 2014.
15 21U CARNEGIE Celeste Celeste Carnegie
After representing Queensland in the 17/U age group, Celeste recently relocated to NSW. She has quickly formed good combinations to be a part of a formidable defence end for the 21/U State Team. Celeste joins City of Sydney / Sydney University for the 2015 DOOLEYS State League competition. Celeste is an Aboriginal woman from the Birragubba nation of the Burdekin region of North Queensland and values her Indigenous identity.
15 21U GURR Billie Billie Gurr
A tenacious defender with a ‘can-do’ attitude on and off the court, Billie isn’t someone who would get lost in a crowd.  Originally hailing from Manly Warringah she has strong aerial abilities making her opposition goal shooters work hard for any feeds.Billie is the ultimate team player and is someone who doesn’t mind the odd selfie on social media.
15 21U LAWRENCE Brooke Brooke Lawrence
After enjoying a few months travelling in 2014, Brooke is back in representative colours and a welcome addition to the 21/U State Team.A social butterfly, Brooke is also a hard worker who trains like a demon and leaves everything on the court on game days.  She has plenty of speed and crafty defensive tactics, making her lethal in the midcourt when the opposition is in transition to attack.
15 21U MacGOUGAN Stephanie Stephanie MacGougan
A netballer who sometimes dabbles with the odd basketball game, Steph combines the best of both worlds in her game.  With her strong drives and looping shots on goal, when Steph is on there is no shot that is out of range.A quiet person off the court, Steph let’s her actions on court do all the talking.
15 21U MARSHALL Georgia Georgia Marshall
Another long-term NSW representative, Georgia’s innocent looks hide a fierce competitor who loves nothing more than to win.Nicknamed ‘Big G’ in the team, Georgia is a prolific shooter who can not only hold her own in the circle, but is athletic which forces her defending opposition to work hard to keep her from having an impact on the scoreboard.
15 21U MARSHALL Georgia M Georgia M. Marshall
‘Little G’ is a midcourt dynamo who makes her National Netball Championships debut in 2015.  However it’s not her first representative appearance having run out for the Netball NSW Blues during the 2013 ANL.Another quiet achiever, Georgia is quite happy to work hard on the training track and continue to improve her abilities.
15 21U RUSSELL Claudia Claudia Russell
Having represented NSW at all three underage Nationals, as well as both Netball NSW Blues and Waratahs, Claudia is another stalwart of the NSW netball community.An elegant shooter, Claudia reads the play well and is a mobile, tall goal attack; proving a real handful for defenders.  Another social butterfly, Claudia is well respected not just for her abilities but her attitude to working hard.
15 21U STEPHENSON Lauren Lauren Stephenson
Look up ‘Determined’ in the dictionary and a picture of Lauren would be there.  Someone who was on the fringe of NSW State Teams in recent years, Lauren persevered to be named to make her National Netball Championships debut in 2015.A hard-working defender, Lauren hails from Eastwood Ryde whose alumni include Swifts’ Abbey McCulloch and Diamonds’ Kim Ravaillion.
15 21U STYLES Kara Kara Styles
Kara comes from a pedigree of netballers as the youngest sister of three NSW representatives, and makes her National Netball Championships debut this year.A tall and mobile defender, Kara admits to ‘learning a lot’ from watching her sisters, Megan and Nicole, and is a welcome addition to the 21/U State Team’s formidable defensive line.
15 21U SIMPSON Megan Head Coach The Coach… Megan Simpson
Megan has extensive State coaching experience, having been the NSW 19/U Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and NSW 17/U Head Coach, as well as Contracted Midcourt Specialist Coach for the NSW Swifts in 2014.A former player, Megan is also an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) graduate and is a High Performance Coach; the highest accreditation in Australia.
15 21U BLADES Lenore Assistant Coach The Assistant Coach… Lenore Blades
Lenore teams up with Megan Simpson after their Championship-winning coaching combination at the 19/U Nationals in 2011.No stranger to representative netball, Lenore has both played and coached at Nationals level, having been involved in no less than eight NSW underage campaigns.
15 21U STOKES Narelle Manager The Manager… Narelle Stokes
‘Nelly’ just loves her netball! A hard-working member of her home Association, Hastings Valley,  Nelly is also an experienced Team Manager who brings a lot of passion to the 21/U State Team.A nurse by day, Nelly is also a great cook… particularly her slices and cakes, make for special treats!